Do You Take Body Measurements During the Liposuction Consultation?

It would seem that the more data you can collect before changing the shape of the body, the better, so do you take measurements with a measuring tape before the surgery?

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Do You Take Body Measurements During the Liposuction Consultation?

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         The results are usually so noticeable that pictures alone suffice.  Liposuction results are highly surgeon dependent.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

There's No Good Way to Quantify Liposuction Changes

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I've been a part of several clinical trials that needed to measure fat reduction after surgery.  The slightest variation of measurement site or measurement technique, a couple of pounds of water retention, a bit of weight gain or loss, the time of the month, etc, all render such measurements all but worthless.  The only way to really measure it is with MRI's, and obviously that is impractical to do outside of a clinical trial.

Steven Teitelbaum, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Initial Liposuction measurements are always taken on the day of the procedure.

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It is rare to take measurements prior to the day of the liposuction procedure. Patients weight, measurements, vital signs etc.... are needed to be current and so taking them on the morning of the procedure is usually what most docs do. Sincerely,David Hansen,MD 

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Liposuction and Measurements

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Body weight and specific body measurements are part of the standard set of preoperative and postoperative relevant data that is accumulated. However, the most important thing to realize is that liposuction is not a weight loss or body shrinking surgery.  It is a body re-contouring surgery.  To understand what I mean, a person can have 500 cc of fat taken from each side of the waist, loose two inches in circumference, and still have a convexity (bulge) in the low back, and not the desired concavity.  The patient is still unhappy despite weight loss and inches lost.  It's the photograph that tells the story!

Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Measurements prior to surgery are part of the pre op evaluation.

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Different plastic surgeons collect different data prior to their procedures.  Photos are nearly universal, all the better to show objective before and after photos and contour changes.  Weight and a circumferential measurement of the area treated are also helpful to show the patients the improvements.

Liposuction consultation

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Many plastic surgeons take measurements and photos during the initial consultation or preoperative visit for liposuction.  At our office, the measurements and photos are taken during the preoperative visit.  We also, take photos and often measurements at 1 and 3 month visits.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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